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Headlines in Canada have been dominated recently by allegations published by the Georgia Straight newspaper in Vancouver against John Furlong, the former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics.

The allegations are serious. They claim Furlong physically abused First Nation students when he was a teacher in Burns Lake, B.C. in 1969. In response, Furlong issued a statement denying ...

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Posted in Defamation

The brave new frontier for the law of defamation today is definitely social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and – yes – blogs too. The last couple of years have seen claims for defamation (libel) move from the traditional print and broadcast media to the Web 2.0, starting with Facebook. By way of background – in case you’re not one of its 500 million users – Facebook is ...

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Posted in Defamation

How much damage can you do to a person’s reputation in 140 characters? If one were to judge from the flurry of defamation cases involving Twitter and similar social media that have been filed in the past couple of years, the answer is, “Enough to interest a lawyer.”  As you probably already know if you’re tech savvy enough to be reading this blog, Twitter is form of ...

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